Waite Park Residents say They Were Held Hostage as Home was Ransacked

August 17, 2018 10:11 PM

Two Waite Park residents said they were held captive for an hour while their home was ransacked late Thursday night.

A release from Waite Park police said the two suspects then reportedly forced their way into an adjacent business, taking an undetermined amount of jewelry and cash.


The release states officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of County Road 137 around 11:42 p.m. Thursday. There, officers found the side door to a business had been forced open. A door to the nearby home had also reportedly been forced open and the home's two occupants made contact with authorities.


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According to the release, they said two men forced their way into the residence with handguns. One of the men held the two residents captive for around an hour while the other ransacked the home. They then allegedly forced their way into the business.

"They were held at gunpoint by the intruders for about an hour. While one had them and the other kind of ransacked the business and the residence," Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud said. 

The suspects were said to have been wearing face masks and other clothing to conceal their identities. One is described as being around 5 foot 8 inches tall and approximately 250 pounds. The other is described as being around 6 feet tall with a thin build.

Bentrud said robberies like this are uncommon in Waite Park. 

"We're looking at everything from disgruntled employees," Bentrud said. "So the fact that it's an inside job, if you will, is very possible"

Anyone with information is asked to call Waite Park police at 320-251-3281. Tips can also be reported anonymously to Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301, or online on the Crime Stoppers website.


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